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Happy Birthday Chez Panisse!

Celebrate the 40th year of Alice Waters' famed Berkeley restaurant with a week of celebration events benefiting her Edible Schoolyard Project.


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Forty years of transforming local vegetable gardens into healthy, gourmet meals makes Chez Panisse the linchpin of the Real Food Movement. This fall the Chez Panisse Foundation will relaunch as the Edible Schoolyard Project, aiming to bring wholesome food to schoolchildren. This weekend over a dozen dinner and cocktail parties will be thrown to benefit the Edible Schoolyard Project, ensuring copious celebration and support for Alice Waters’ Berkeley institution. edibleschoolyard.org

The edible schoolyard collaboration between Levi’s and Alice Waters kicks off the festivities on Wednesday. An organic boxed lunch will nourish your body, while the edible schoolyard t-shirt collaborations nourish design minded shoppers. Wednesday, August 24, 2011, Maiden Lane in San Francisco from 12:30 – 2:00 pm

August 26–30

U.C. Berkeley’s Art Museum‘s hosts an edible art installation and cocktail party. Friday, August 26th

Stanlee Gatti and Alice Waters throw a Birthday Eve dinner, while Jean-Pierre cooks with Sally Clarke of Clarke's in London. Friday, August 26th

Former Café Chef Russell Moore hosts Snacks & Rosé, followed by a feast of his favorite Chez Panisse dishes at Camino in Oakland. Friday, August 26th

OPENeducation at UC Berkeley Art Museum explores the political history and social impact of Chez Panisse. Saturday, August 27th

Chef Davis Tanis cooks in the restaurant in honor of Nicolas Pagnol, while Chefs Cal Peternell, Beth Wells, and Nathan Alderson cook dinner in the Café. Late night dancing in the street is likely to follow the meal. Saturday, August 27th

Private dinners on Saturday, August 27th:
► Chinese Banquet prepared by Cecilia Chiang and Bill He at the home of Cecilia Chiang.
► Una Cena Sul Campo is a roman dinner to be prepared by Mona Talbott at the home of Orville Schell and Baifang Liu.
► SicilianWild Boar Roast prepared by Angelo Garro and Melissa Fernandez at Angelo Garro’s Renaissance Forge. Boz and Dominique Scaggs co-host, while Davia Nelson is a special guest.
► Napa Garden Party prepared by cookbook authors Patty Curtan and Kelsie Kerr, and with Cowgirl Creamery’s Peggy Smith and Sue Conley. Margrit Mondavi is special guest at the home of Patty Curtan and Stephen Thomas.
► Provençe in California prepared by Traci Des Jardins, served at the historic Plowman house in the Berkeley hills. Hosted by Ross Levy and Daphne Miller, author of The Jungle Effect, with special guest author Raj Patel.
► Supper in the Pantry prepared by Brian Espinoza and hosted by Sam Hamilton and Jennifer Chaiken at the MARCH store.
► Pig Roast! Jack Hitt, Michael Pollan, and Samin Nosrat will slow cook a local pastured hog at the home of Michael Pollan and Judith Belzer.
► ¡Flamenco y Paella! A Spanish Paella prepared by chefs Michael Sullivan and Anthony Sueuga, hosted by Michael and Sylvie Sullivan at the home of Anthony and Daniella Sueuga.
► Nose-To-Tail Chris Kronner, formerly of Bar Tartine, cooks up a carnivorous feast at the home of Jane White in North Berkeley, with special guest Novella Carpenter.
► Supper in a Jewel Box prepared by Christopher Hirsheimer, Niloufer Ichaporia King, and Peggy Knickerbocker at the home of Peggy Knickerbocker and Robert Fisher.
► Omedetai! Prepared by Sylvan Brackett and Yuri Nomura. Stephen Walrod and Lauren McIntosh of Tail of the Yak host dinner.
► Carciofi alla Giudia A Roman Jewish meal prepared by Christopher Lee, Joan Nathan and Jessica Theroux with guest chef Nancy Silverton at the home of Danny and Hilary Goldstine. Daniel Ellsberg is a special guest and Alice Waters will host a Negroni toast in the garden.
► Shrimp Boil! Prepared by Scott Peacock at the home of Alice Waters with her daughter Fanny Singer and a performance by David Daniels.
To reserve a seat email 40th@chezpanissefoundation.org or call Krissa Nichols at (510) 843-3800

Marcel Pagnol's The Baker’s Wife
BAM/PFA presents a retrospective of French filmmaker Marcel Pagnol. His film, The Baker's Wife, will screen with an introduction by Alice Waters and Tom Luddy. 4:00pm at the Pacific Film Archive Theater. Sunday, August, 29th

Edible Education 101: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement
This UC Berkeley, Fall 2011 class features a guest lecturers, including Alice Waters, Raj Patel, Marion Nestle, Eric Schlosser, and Frances Moore Lappé. The first class is August 30th at 6:15pm in Wheeler Auditorium, with a lecture by Slow Food founder, Carlo Petrini.

For complete and updated information, go to chezpanissefoundation.org/40th